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TBirds Bronc Rider Burr Ranked No. 1

TBirds Bronc Rider Burr Ranked No. 1 photo 3/9/2017 9:43:27 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story by Brett Hoffman, Hobbs News Sun]

In the world of college rodeo, a New Mexico Junior College cowboy ranked No. 1 in a regional bronc riding title race and he’s on pace to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo.

On the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit, NMJC’s Preston Ross Burr leads the Southwest Region’s saddle bronc riding title race. He has earned 634.5 points during the regular season. Blaise Freeman of Western Texas College is ranked No. 2 with 510.

Burr’s No. 1 ranking in the Southwest Region is impressive. The region (which includes Texas Tech, South Plains, Odessa College, West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico, New Mexico Junior College, Clarendon College, Western Texas and Tarleton State) is a college rodeo super conference.

Burr is making great strides in his attempt to qualify for the June 11-17 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. The top three in each event at the end of the regular season will advance to the Casper championships.

Burr finished fourth in the saddle bronc riding title race at the Feb. 23-25 Odessa College Rodeo. The Odessa Rodeo was the sixth of 10 regional rodeos scheduled for the 2016-2017 regular season.

In the region’s men’s team standings, Tarleton State is ranked No. 1 with 2,809.83 points after competing in the first six rodeos of the regular season. Western Texas College is ranked No. 2 with 1,887.5. NMJC is ranked No. 3 with 1,449.5.

Tarleton also is ranked No. 1 in the regional women’s team title race with 1,495. Eastern New Mexico is No. 2 with 1,260.83.

The top two teams will advance to the College National Finals when the regular season concludes next month.

The Southwest Region’s next regular season competition is the March 23-25 Ranger College Rodeo. The Southwest Region’s regular season concludes on April 22 at the Tarleton Rodeo in Stephenville, which will be Rodeo No. 10.

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